So many people are looking for alternative remedies, and they are often drawn to ingredients that they are familiar with. We have found 6 Reasons to fall in love with peppermint oil!
The Peppermint plant flourishes in North America and Europe and has been used for centuries as a medicinal herb. Dried Peppermint leaves have been found in Egyptian pyramids dating 1000 B.C. The plant has a long history as a folk medicine in the states, and is currently being used to treat a variety of ailments. The list of therapeutic uses of peppermint seems to be constantly growing. These benefits include treatment for cramps, headaches, joint and muscle pain, Irritable Bowel Syndrome, nausea, colonic spasms, infantile colic, hay fever, memory deficiency, and even the common cold.
As you can see, there are many beneficial uses for peppermint; here are 6 ways that you can use peppermint in your daily care routine.
#1) Perk Up Your Senses
Feeling tired? Peppermint is a natural energizer. Take a few whiffs of peppermint oil for a non-toxic alternative to energy drinks. It will perk you up on long road trips, for school, or any other time you need to “burn the midnight oil.” It may also improve focus and concentration when dealing with chronic fatigue syndrome.
The next time you have a headache, try applying some diluted peppermint oil to your temples. Some research suggests that it can help provide relief and reduce tension.
#2) Sinus Relief
Peppermint can be beneficial for sinus care. Inhaling diffused peppermint oil can help to unclog your sinuses and offer relief for scratchy throats. Peppermint oil also acts as an expectorant and decongestant. Rubbing Peppermint oil on your chest when you have a cold can help clear nasal congestion and relieve your cough and other cold symptoms. It may also be provide beneficial results for sinusitis, asthma, and bronchitis.
#3) Antibacterial and Antifungal Properties
Peppermint oil is also known to have antibacterial and antifungal properties. One study tested the effectiveness of peppermint oil on 22 strains of bacteria and 12 types of fungi and revealed that it was effective against all 22 strains of bacteria and 11 of the 12 fungi.
#4) Antispasmodic Properties
Peppermint oil is also considered an antispasmodic herb. It has large concentrations of menthol, which is known to help relieve pain and leave a cooling sensation on the skin. When used topically, peppermint oil permeates the skin and is well know to have a soothing effect where it is applied.
#5) Melt Your Stress Away
Adding Peppermint oil to your bath is considered a great way to relieve typical stress of everyday life. The next time you want to relax, try soaking in a warm bath infused with peppermint oil. You can drop in a fizzy bath bomb containing peppermint oil, or add just a few drops of oil into the water, then let your stress melt away.
#6) Repel Bugs
Peppermint Oil works as a natural bug repellant. Ants, spiders, cockroaches, mosquitos, mice, lice, and sometimes even ticks are repelled by the scent of peppermint oil. Simply add a few drops to a little bit of water, and use it as a natural bug spray. Plus, it smells much better than conventional bug spray.
*Although there are very few side-effects of peppermint oil, it is always advisable to talk with your doctor before treating your body regularly with Peppermint oil.
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